News and Notes

Highlights: Brookline Talks (Monday)Early DismissalJapanese FairGreen Team RecyclingLSA Winter SessionInternational NightPTO PlayThank YouAround Town
Brookline Talks - Anne Fishel

Early Dismissal
Wednesday, December 14 at 12:40pm for Grades K-12.

The annual Japanese Fair  is this Thursday, December 15, after school in the Big Gym! Japanese parents have been hard at work preparing for this wonderful event, where students can purchase a variety of delicious home-made and donated foods: rice balls, sushi, fried noodles and curry rice, as well as sweet treats. Also, we will have beautiful hand-made crafts corner and raffle corner where you can get Japanese restaurant gift card or Japanese items! Most items cost 1-3 tickets, and all proceeds support the PTO.

Admission to the Fair is free, but all purchases require tickets (1 ticket/$1.25; 18 tickets/$20). This ticket could use for food, craft and raffle. In an effort to avoid long lines at the entrance, we will be selling tickets in the lobby in advance in advance on Dec. 13 (Tuesday), 14 (Wednesday) and 19 (Thursday), as well as at the Fair. Raffle winner will be announced at next Monday Update.

To improve access for younger students, grades K-4 and grades 5-8 will enter through different doors. It will be crowded, so we ask that students please leave backpacks in their cubbies, lockers or the hallway. LEDP students in grades K-3 will be able to buy food in the LEDP room, and students who take the bus to school will be dismissed 5 minutes early, so that they can enjoy the fair before they leave.

Click to see the Floor Map and Menu. If you can volunteer, sign up iVolunteer ( or contact Kay Kobayashi ( or Kazuko Miyamoto (

Lawrence Logo Wear
During the Japanese Fair, Lawrence Logo will be holding a Holiday Sale!  Visit our table in the gym – select sizes are still available and merchandise will be discounted.  Grab some stocking stuffers and finish some last minute holiday shopping!  Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

Beauty and Oral Care Recycling – Dec 13, 14, 15
Calling all frayed toothbrushes, old face creams, empty floss containers, finished deodorant tubes, and used-up lipstick!
The Green Team will be collecting to recycle personal and oral care items in the lobby Tuesday, December 13 through Thursday December 15. We’ve signed up with Terracycle to participate in their mail-in recycling programs, sponsored by Garnier and Tom’s of Maine (but any brand item can be recycled). Items to bring include bottles, caps, tubes, jars, etc. for cosmetics and skin care products, toothbrushes, floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps, and deodorant tubes and caps. Please empty each container, so that we are not increasing shipping weight with unused product.
For more information about accepted items, please click on Personal Care & Oral Care.
Questions? Email Tam at

LSA Winter Session Starts Soon!
Registration for classes will begin on December 17th & run until January 2nd, but don’t delay – enrollment is on a first come, first served basis!
Winter session classes will begin the 3rd week of January, and run for 10 weeks.
See the LSA website for complete schedule. Sneak peak starting Friday.

The PTO Play is calling to you.  If you would like to be in this year’s PTO play (parents and teachers), please join us in the auditorium on December 20 at 7pm.  We will read through the play and discuss rehearsal schedules and other logistics.  If you cannot come that night and want to participate, you need to let Nancy Gerber ( know.  Casting will result from the read-through, so if you don’t show up and don’t let her know, you won’t have a spoken part.  Please make every attempt to come.  For those interested in a behind-the-scenes role (costumes, props, sets, lighting/sound, make-up, etc) or for those musicians who want to be in the band, you are welcome to attend the read-through but don’t need to.  Instead, just let Nancy know of your interest.

International Night!  
Share your love of culture and food by participating in International Night!
Details on the LLCG website.
Please sign up to share or volunteer on the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group website, or e-mail

THANK YOU to all the volunteers for the PTO Phonathon, Jenn O’Neil coordinator, Kimberly Clouse, Grady Clouse, Katherine Ingrham, Harold Price, Patrick McAllister, Maritza Velez, Charlotte Rice, Kay Kobayshi, Mike Mosbrooker, Susan Dubin, Tam Sitkoff, Jennifer Tulipani, Nicole Thompson.

If you have made a pledge please complete your transaction with a check or via Paypal.  If we could not reach you, please consider participatingin the school’s largest fundraiser.  Your gift will help us continue to provide support for teachers and fund projects that enrich our children’s experience at Lawrence School. We look forward to your continued involvement with the PTO. Thank you again for all your support.

Do you know someone who deserves a thank-you? E-mail


9th Elementary School Project enters the Next Phase: Public Kickoff Meeting on December 12
As you may know, on October 13 the Board of Selectmen and School Committee selected the site of the Baldwin School as the location for the 9th Elementary School. This exciting development means that Brookline will be building and opening its first new elementary school in more than 60 years. The project now moves into the Feasibility Study phase which is expected to conclude in April 2017. During this stage, the Building Committee works with the architects to consider design options and select a preferred design. Community members are invited to the Public Kickoff of the Feasibility Study phase scheduled for Monday, December 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course, 1281 West Roxbury Parkway in Brookline.  The 9th School Building Committee, the School Department, and Jonathan Levi Architects will provide a complete update on the timeline, process, and objectives of the Feasibility Study phase. The meeting will include public comment and community members are invited to ask questions and share their ideas on the project. For more information and complete updates on the 9th Elementary School project, please visit:

Mothers Out Front KooKoo Coffee.
Come join our growing discussion regarding Climate Change and how we can act locally and statewide by joining together to effect real change. We are interested in your contributions to the discussion. December 13th 8-9:30Am. KooKoo Cafe, Station Street, Brookline Village.

Voices Boston – Sounds of the Season concert on Saturday, Dec. 17th
Brookline’s premier children’s chorus, for the annual Sounds of the Season concert on Saturday, Dec. 17th at 3:00pm at First Parish in Brookline! The program will feature Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” and many other holiday favorites! Featuring all five of our ensembles of ages 5-14, pianists Anat Hochberg and Katie Barr, harpist Franziska Huhn, and conductors Dan Ryan and Steven Lipsitt, this concert will be a true musical celebration.
You can purchase your tickets by following this link: For more information about performances or auditions, visit

Boston College Winter Soccer Clinic for girls 6-14 years old Monday, December 26 – Thursday, December 29
9-3 each day (with extended day option available) held at the Boston College Chestnut Hill campus.
For more details visit

KIDS Fair 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 12:00-2:00pm, Tappan Street Gym at Brookline High School, 66 Tappan Street, Brookline.
Summer is just around the corner – stop at the KIDS Fair to learn all about great summer camps from across New England.
Games, fun, music – its a great event!  It’s never too early to register for summer camp!
For more information click:

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